Our World Heritage Site is under threat from a highway that UNESCO has declared would irreversibly destroy the district's character and local experts have denounced as doing little to solve congestion.
An alliance of 15 civic organizations and nearly 30,000 Panamanians have joined together to protect the district, but time is getting short. Preliminary work has already started and the alliance needs resources to build public awareness rapidly.
As with the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan, the Cinta Costera III highway project would leave Panama and the world a poorer place. Moreover, tourism is considered one of Panama's best tools for eliminating poverty (nearly 40% of our population still lives in poverty), and the value of a World Heritage Site in attracting tourists is incalculable.